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Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Building strong foundations for children’s futures

Photo: Pam Payne
"Foundations of any building need careful planning, developing, and creating. Safe and strong foundations ensure the stability and integrity of any building for a lifetime. These planning skills are also essential for building safe and strong academic foundations in children." summarizes Pam Payne, Teacher at Gibbs Pre-Kindergarten Center in Huntsville.

At Gibbs Pre-K, foundational training begins with the social and emotional skills that all children need to be successful in school and life. When children can control their impulses and behaviors, they are better prepared for listening and learning.

Emotional Intelligence is the ability to know and manage one’s feelings and emotions. Social Intelligence is the ability to manage oneself in group settings. Both intelligences are interdependent. Children learn about themselves by watching and interacting with others. Our ability to relate to others comes from the application of what we have learned from those early interactions to a broader world which usually includes children’s first experiences at school.

Because the social and emotional needs of children are foundational to academic successes, appropriate curriculum and classroom activities are essential for achieving these goals. Gibbs Pre-K uses an excellent social emotional curriculum, Conscious Discipline. Conscious Discipline uses the School Family model. It builds on the success of the family model for children who already have a balanced family life, and provides a sense of safety and belonging for children who lack the experience of successful relationships at home.

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